Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray

WHILE the music world turns towards Balado and of course a credible line up at Falkland’s Big Tent Festival this week we preview the massive Fringe just over a month away.

This year, and maybe a sign of the times, a flood of tribute acts bring artists we would never see but for just one hour in a hot Edinburgh venue we can pretend at least to experience some legends in concert.

That Swing Sensation host Big Band Swing with a full sound and vocals at St Cuthbert’s Parish Church and The Blueswater Collective summarise the history of the blues for an hour at theSpace in the Radisson Hotel.

West End producers bring The Blues Brothers and The Rat Pack to Edinburgh College Of Arts.

Jess Abrams becomes Cat Stevens reconstructed at The Jazz Bar, Pam Lawson becomes Doris Day At The Movies at Sweet Grassmarket while Christine Bovill becomes Edith Piaf at the Famous Spiegeltent, The Sorries just love The Corries at Quaker Meeting House and Volts stake their claim to be AC/CD at Brunton Theatre Musselburgh.

The Flanders and Swann clever lyrics are revived at Pleasance Courtyard, Peter Straker examines the music of Jacques Brel, Tony Cima becomes the late Jake Thackray at Acoustic Music Centre and Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells For Two will be some feat at Assembly George Square.

The real Dean Friedman will thank his ‘Lucky Stars’ at the Voodoo Rooms and two other venues, The Charlatans play one show at HMV Picture House, Chris Difford from Squeeze joins Norman Lovett at Gilded Balloon at Teviot and even David Hasslehoff plays a full week at the Pleasance.

Scottish legends this year include Dougie Maclean at Queens Hall, Alastair McDonald at St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Rab Noakes plays Acoustic Music Centre while the same venue hosts Roddy Woomble from Idlewild and Dundee’s prodigy Michael Marra.

King Creosote launches new recordings at Queens Hall, Jimmie MacGregor with songs and stories at Assembly Rooms and don’t miss our own Dennis Alexander at Paradise In The Vault.